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Sidelines (Sept. 28): The News’ football polls, honor roll, coming attractions & more

Buffalo News polls

First-place votes in brackets; *-tie in points.


Team (Class) Record Points

1. Canisius [9] 4-0 99

2. Orchard Park [1] (AA) 4-0 91

3. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 4-0 70

4. South Park (A) 3-1 68

5. Lancaster (AA) 3-1 64

6. West Seneca East (A) 4-0 42

7. St. Francis 2-2 33

8. Williamsville North (A) 3-1 27

9. Starpoint (A) 4-0 23

10. Jamestown (AA) 2-2 11

(Others receiving votes: St. Joe’s 8, Kenmore West (AA) 4, North Tonawanda (A) 2, Niagara Falls (AA) 2, Hamburg (A) 1.

Pollsters: Mark Adair (WNY Football Weekly), Sean Bruso (Springville), Sibby Constantino (Trench Trophy), Dick Gallagher (WNY High School Sports), Tom Langworthy (Jamestown), John Lewis (Connolly Cup), Rich Robbins (Canisius), Dennis Gilbert (St. Joe’s), Dennis Sarow (Connolly Cup), Rick Coburn (Trench Trophy), The Buffalo News.


Team (Class) Record Points

1. Cheektowaga [5] (B) 4-0 95

1. Bennett [5] (C) 3-1 95

3. Springville (B) 3-0 77

4. Cleveland Hill (C) 4-0 68

5. Alden (B) 4-0 56

6. Dunkirk (B) 3-0 51

7. Maple Grove/CL (C) 3-1 31

8. East Aurora (B) 3-1 27

9. Burgard (B) 3-1 18

10. Randolph (D) 3-1 15

Others receiving votes: Franklinville/Ellicottville/West Valley (D) 7, O’Hara 4, St. Mary’s 4, Lackawanna (C) 2, Depew (B) 1.

Pollsters: Adair, Bruso, Constantino, Gallagher, Sarow, Bill Atlas (Wilson), Angelo Sciandra (O’Hara), Ed Sciera (Trench Trophy), Jay Sirianni (ex-Southwestern coach), The News.

Honor roll

CONNOLLY CUP: The ADPRO SPORTS Week Four top performers are: Tyree Billingslea (Cheektowaga), Kwaine Davis (Maryvale), Terrell Ford (Kenmore West), Joe Harrison (Timon-St.Jude), Andrew Hwang (Williamsville North), Dylan McDuffie (Sweet Home), Devyn Nelsen (Randolph), Kyle O’Donnell (Cattaraugus/Little Valley), Noah Raddack (Silver Creek-Forestville), Jalexis Santiago (West Seneca East), Tyler Stranahan (Canisius), David Thomas (South Park) and Darren Thompson (St.Joe’s).

TRENCH TROPHY: Week Four’s Trench Trophy nominees: Chris Aronica, Grand Island; Christian Fachko, Hamburg; Chris Hammond, Gowanda; Hayden Holmes, North Tonawanda; Leyton Miner, Alden; Khaliqye Newsome. Bennett.

CHARACTER AWARDS: The Section VI Football Character Athletes of the Week, setting the example in Speech, Conduct, Love, Faith and Integrity of the Game, are sponsored by Intense Milk:

Derrick Morris (Riverside), Richie Williams (Niagara Falls), Moteo Ponce (Tonawanda), Tyron Lawson (Cheektowaga), Adam Bauer (Depew), Leyton Miner (Alden), Noah Raddack (Silver Creek/Forestville); Ethan PeQueen (Akron), Andrew Bronson (Lockport), David Gregory (Frewsburg), Trajay Ahmed (Starpoint), Jakarri Buckner (Bishop Kearney, Pa.), Charlie Baker (Newfane), John Carney (Wilson), Jack Myers (West Seneca West), Randy Bish (South Park).

UNDERCLASSMEN AWARDS: The Jim Kelly Underclassmen of the Week are Andrew Hwang of Williamsville North and Tyler White of Kenmore West.

Coming attractions

• The Clarence girls’ volleyball team has little time to celebrate its championship in Saturday’s Eden Tournament. The Red Devils return to action on Tuesday to take on Orchard Park.

Clarence beat three defending state champions in winning the weekend event. The highlight came in the finals, in which the Red Devils handed St. Mary’s its first loss since 2013. Clarence won the deciding third set by a score of 25-22. Earlier, the Red Devils knocked off Portville in pool play. In the playoffs, they beat Frontier and Eden in the first two rounds.

• In boys soccer, St. Joe’s has had a long time to think about its first defeat of the season, a Monday loss to Canisius. The Marauders finally get back into action on Wednesday when they host Nichols. That will be followed by a trip to Iroquois on Saturday. Meanwhile, Niagara-Wheatfield plays in Lockport on Wednesday and has a Saturday home game against Kenmore East.

• The Grand Island girls soccer team has been on a great roll so far this season, overwhelming most of its competition. The next test for the Vikings comes on Saturday, with a trip north to go up against Lewiston-Porter. Williamsville East, which also has been strong, travels to Sweet Home on Monday.

• Grand Island and North Tonawanda are the only undefeated boys volleyball teams in the Niagara Frontier League. That may change on Friday, when the squads play on the Lumberjacks’ court. Before that, Grand Island has matches at Niagara Falls and with Lewiston-Porter. Meanwhile, the ECIC I Division is a scramble, with four teams having two or fewer losses. Two of them meet Thursday when Orchard Park goes against Frontier. A day later, the Quakers have a nonleague matchup with St. Joe’s.

• It’s a light week for major cross country meets, but some Western New York teams will run in the McQuaid Invitational in Rochester. East Aurora won the boys varsity race and the girls varsity race in 2014.

Extra credit

• Section VI has announced its list of inductees for the Hall of Fame Class of 2015. It includes: Martha Altmire, coach, Olean; Robert Dinse, athletic director, Wilson; Ilio DiPaolo family, contributors, Section VI wrestling & award ceremonies; Louis Foy, athletic director, Salamanca; Chuck Funke, athletic director, Iroquois; Gerry Gentner, coach, Williamsville South; Brian Hull, athlete, Southwestern; Paul Hutzler, contributor, Section VI statistician and historian; Walt Stefani, coach, Orchard Park; and Jim Walker, athletic director, Lewiston Porter.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 4 at Columns Restaurant in Elma. Reservations much be made by Nov. 24 to or to Pauline Turski at 821-7521.

• St. Joe’s will be conducting basketball clinics on October 12 and on October 24 and 25 for boys in grades 6 thru 8. Go to or call Mark Simon at or 628-2012.

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